Aortic Disease Treatments

At Henry Ford, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments for aortic disease, from the latest minimally invasive procedures to complex aneurysm repair. We are among the few programs in Michigan offers some of the newest and most advanced treatments available today, including FEVAR and TAVR.

Aortic disease treatments available at Henry Ford include:

Aortic disease treatments draw from the extensive training and expertise of our vascular surgeons. Learn more about vascular surgery at Henry Ford.

Aortic disease treatments in southeast Michigan

Whether your condition is under control or you are at risk for severe complications, we provide lifelong care and monitoring for every patient. Our Multidisciplinary Aorta program offers:

  • Seamless care: Our team of experts meets on a regular basis to coordinate care for complex conditions and plan surgical procedures.
  • Skilled nurses: Our nurse practitioners have specialized training in aortic disorders and are available around the clock to answer questions about your care.
  • Patient support: Our team also includes social workers to help you manage day to day life with your condition.
  • Latest research: We are one of 30 hospitals and research centers participating in the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissections (IRAD registry). Our active participation in the IRAD registry keeps our program at the forefront of new practices in diagnosing and treating aortic disease.

Medical management for aortic disease

If your aneurysm is small and appears stable, we may be able control your condition using one or more medications. Using this technique, we prescribe medications in specific doses to manage high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. We customize medical management programs based on which medications will work best for your condition.

Our cardiologists oversee your program to make sure the medications are working. Learn more about our cardiology services.

Fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR)

The Multidisciplinary Aorta Program at Henry Ford is one of few hospitals in Michigan using a newly approved stent to treat patients with complex abdominal aortic aneurysms located above their kidneys. Also known as fenestrated endovascular repair (FEVAR), this new stent graft includes fenestrations (windows) allowing us to customize it to fit your unique anatomy in what is otherwise a difficult area of the body for stent placement.

Until recently, the only treatment for patients with aneurysms near their kidneys was open surgery. FEVAR is a minimally invasive form of vascular surgery that can lower your risk for kidney damage or blood flow disruption.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute is one of few programs in Michigan offering a new minimally invasive option for aortic valve replacement. Also known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), this procedure provides a safe option to patients who cannot undergo open valve replacement surgery.

After the procedure, the replacement valve begins to work immediately, functioning like a normal, healthy valve. You may need to stay in the hospital for a few days after surgery so we can make sure your replacement valve is working correctly. Learn more about TAVR at Henry Ford Hospital.

Endovascular aneurysm repair

Henry Ford’s Heart & Vascular Institute was the first program in Michigan to perform endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). Since 1994, our team of aortic disease experts has helped patients from all over southeast Michigan avoid life-threatening complication with this minimally invasive procedure.

Using thin, spaghetti-like tubes (catheters), our vascular surgeons expertly place a stent graft in your aorta. The stent graft, made of wire and mesh, forms a tight seal with the healthy portions of your aorta, allowing blood to flow through it without pushing on your aneurysm. Learn more about vascular surgery at Henry Ford.

Valve sparing aortic root replacement

Our team of experts is skilled in performing complex aortic disease treatments, including valve sparing aortic root replacement. This procedure replaces diseased sections of your aorta, while also preserving healthy heart structures, such as your aortic valve. By leaving your aortic valve intact, this procedure eliminates the ongoing need to take blood thinners after surgery.

Aortic arch replacement surgery

At Henry Ford, our team of experts is skilled in complex surgical techniques such as aortic arch replacement. Using sophisticated equipment, such as a heart-lung bypass machine, a large team of experts comes together to replace the diseased portions of your aorta. This procedure can reduce your risk for life-threatening complications when your aneurysm reaches a certain size or you are at risk for rupture or dissection.

Your aortic arch is a curved structure near your heart where major arteries branch off supplying blood to your head and arms. Most aneurysms in this area are the result of genetic (inherited) connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome. Aortic arch surgery is an open procedure, meaning our specialists surgically open your chest to replace the diseased portions of your aorta.

Aortic arch replacement is major surgery. You can expect to stay in the hospital for a few days after your procedure.

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